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The Resource What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris

What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris

Label
What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants
Title
What have plants ever done for us?
Title remainder
western civilization in fifty plants
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Harris
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle which give us milk for our cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way. Plants have provided paper and ink, chemicals that could kill or cure, vital sustenance and stimulants. Some, such as barley, have been staples from earliest times; others, such as oil palm, are newcomers to Western industry. Moreover, with time, uses change: beets, which have been used variously as a treatment for leprosy, source of sugar and animal feed, are now showing potential as biofuels. What may the future hold for mandrake or woad? We remain dependent on plants for our food, our fuel and our medicines.0Their effects on our lives, as the stories in this wide-ranging and engaging book demonstrate, continue to be profound, and often unpredictable
Cataloging source
VDGV
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Harris, Stephen
Dewey number
509
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Plants
  • Plants, Useful
Label
What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000056794130
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781851244478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)933791244
Label
What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000056794130
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781851244478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)933791244

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